Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday Pet Collars!!!

I just finished up new holiday pets collars for my etsy shop!!  Each collar comes with three different attachments that you can change out depending on your pet's mood.  The smaller sized collars fit dogs and cats, and my pets don't even notice the attachments because they are basically a part of their collar.  These are nice for pets with longer coats as well because the attachments are large enough to be seen through a huge mane of hair.  Here is the link if you are interested in pampering your pooch for the holidays:  The Bee's Knees

My sweet Benny Boo Boo


Little Baby Lola

Little Woofie *Aka Penelope*


Saturday, October 20, 2012

First craft show of 2012!!

Here are some shots of our booth at the Springfield, Il Lincoln Park Association Artisans Fair:


Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Sparkly Saddle Shoes

I was recently inspired by an episode of the Martha Stewart show in which they made a lovely pair of glittery tennis shoes using Mod Podge.  I thought I’d try it out, but give it my own twist!  

Saddle shoes have always reminded me of my childhood.  My sister Brittany and I always loved listening to music from the 50’s and 60’s with our parents and our grandparents.  We were 50’s girls with poodle skirts for halloween at least twice, and our Barbies even had a turquoise ‘57 Chevy (my dream car!)  So, of course, we had authentic saddle shoes to complete our ensemble.  This love of all things vintage has continued with both of us, so 
that’s why I decided to make myself a pair of sparkly saddle shoes!

1.  I bought these white Ked knockoffs from Target and they already had the swoopy lines to help divide the white and colored area.

2.  I used painters tape to section off the area I wanted to glitterize and removed the laces. I also tucked the tongue down inside the shoe to keep it out of the way.

3.  Using a paint brush, I applied a mix of Mod Podge and glitter.  I used approximately equal parts of each, but you could add a little more glitter if you want.  

4.  It may look a little foggy at first because of the glue, but it will dry clear and shiny. Keep a pencil handy in case you need to get some of the glue out of the shoestring holes.  I did about 4-5 coats, it dries very quickly, so just keep an eye on it.  

These are so sparkly and my husband loves that I don’t leave little fairy dust trails all over the house when I wear them! ( My glitter always seems to get all over him!)



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Doily Dreamcatcher

Dream catchers have caught my eye since I was a little girl.  It was not only the beauty of the intricately hand woven web inside the bent wood, and the soft shimmery feathers that delicately fall from the beneath the wrapped circular web that captured my attention, but even more so was the fascinating story behind these Native American pieces.  
The webbing is said to catch confusing and harmful dreams that disintegrate at morning’s first light, while the hole in the center allows good dreams to pass through and aid the dreamer with messages and insight.  There are so many interpretations of the different elements on the dreamcatcher, its really interesting to see how they all come into play through research.  
I decided to come up with my own version, I feel like whatever kind of materials that you are drawn to and that represent you would make a beautiful and effective dream catcher.  

I love doilies, so I used a doily from the thrift store, an embroider hoop, some beautiful blue colored leather string, an old turquoise ring, a couple of animal charms that represent my husband and I (a deer and an owl), a tree which represents our love of nature, and family (family tree), and some beautiful feathers.

I stretched the doily inside the hoop and tightened it. I offset it just a little because I liked the look of it, then trimmed off the extra doily.  

I looped the leather in and out and knotted strings in different lengths across the bottom for the feathers.  I tied the feathers on with embroidery floss, and did the same with my charms and ring.  

I am thrilled with the finished product!!!  Its so me, and I love to look at it every night as I drift off to dream land!   What would you add to your dreamcatcher?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-chia (Refrigerator Puddings)

So have you heard the news?  Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds are one of the new superfoods!!  I’m always up for trying something new, and this little seed is said to be packed full of nutrients.   Known for aiding in digestion & weight loss, and providing fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and protien, this little seed packs a big punch!!
Dr. Oz has some great information on this website if you’d like to read about all of the benefits this little seed has to offer:  Chia Seeds.  I made my husband and I two different versions of a chia seed over night breakfast pudding.  We love breakfast foods and I like something light and fresh to start my day.  This recipe is great because you can personalize it and change it up to fit your tastes while still reaping the same benefits.

Here’s the base of the recipe that I used:
1/4 cup of greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
1/4 cup of coconut milk (or regular milk, almond, or soy milk)
2 Tbs of Chia seeds
honey or stevia to taste for sweetener
To the base you could add any topping you would like!  I added mangos and a tsp of almond extract to mine..  To Jared’s, I added about 2 Tbs of cocoa powder and bananas.  I would have added a little more cocoa to his because he likes it really chocolaty.  Any kind of fresh fruit or dry fruit combination or something like maple syrup and cinnamon & raisins would work; the options are endless.  
Just combine everything in a jar or container with a lid and shake or stir the night before you plan to eat it.  The chia seeds will absorb the milk and yogurt over night and expand.  The texture is awesome!  They should stay good for up to 3-4 days in the fridge unless you use bananas which tend to go bad faster.  
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe!  What combinations would you use?

Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Fabric Covered Bins

So my favorite Berenstain Bears book as a child was Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room.  Remember that one...  the room starts off as a disaster area, and they get all new containers with labels, and all of their toys are neatly organized and sparkling and you could see everything?  Well you would think as a child that would have encouraged me to keep a clean room, that wasn’t really the case at all actually.  But as an adult with a place of my own that I take pride in, I am always reminded of that book, which I believe has lead me to a mild fixation with containers.  I freaking love The Container Store. Thank God there is not one within a two hour driving distance, or else I might have a problem.  I’d buy up that entire store if I could.  But that’s neither here nor there.  

I’ve been trying to create a nice little laundry area in our basement ( which is still not finished.)  We have some nice upper cabinets for storage, and I recently added a bar for hanging clothes straight out of the dryer and and a shelf above it which would be perfect for some little bins.(*He-yay!!!*)  So, of course I’ve been on the quest for some cool bins that I feel are affordably priced.  I’ve been all over, and for what they are made of, I just can’t seem to justify what they are asking for these bins!  

I decided I’m going to try making my own for a much better price.   So I set off to the dollar store to see what I could find.  Basically, all they had were some little plastic bins, but they were the perfect size for what I was looking for.  I snatched up three of them for a total of $3.  Being the fabric hoarder that I am, I thought I’d use up some of the fabric that I already have.  I love to find fabric at the thrift store for next to nothing, and so much of it is pretty vintage prints.  

I busted out my best friend of the crafting world, spray adhesive, my scissors, and got to it! Here is my favorite Spray Adhesive, never craft without it!

1.  Measure enough fabric as if you were gift wrapping a present to cover the whole bin. 
2.  Spray the bottom of the bin generously with spray adhesive and place it in the middle of the fabric.
3.  Cut diagonally into each corner from the edge of the fabric, stopping about half an inch or so before reaching the corner of the bin.

4.  On two parallel sides, ( I chose the longest side of my bin), cut away the excess fabric on each side and fold, so as to create a nice straight line.  Spray each fold with spray adhesive.

5.  Spray adhesive on the smaller ends of the bin covering completely.  Fold and smooth the angled pieces of fabric up along the sides of the bin, and even overlap onto the longer sides a bit. You may need to pull it off a couple of times until you get it nice and smooth.  Repeat on the opposite short side of the bin.

6.  Spray the longer side of the bin and the inside with spray adhesive.  Fold and smooth the pre-folded sides up along the side of the bin and into the center of the bin.  This should overlap the fabric that you previously secured.  Repeat on both sides.

7. Depending on how much fabric you cut, you may need to fill in some areas on the inside.  I cut a couple squares to fit over the ends of the insides of my bin, pre-folded and secured them with spray adhesive to give it a more polished look.  I then sprayed it and placed over the exposed area. 

 A good trick for fitting the fabric into the rounded areas is to cut a small diagonal cut along the bottom or top to help you overlap the fabric a little better and keep it flush. Also, if you want to get REALLY professional, you could line up the patterns perfectly, but I was too giddy about my project that my patience went out the window on that step.  But it would look really nice if you took the time to do that. 

I am sooooo excited about how they turned out!!!  I saw some chevron bins like this at Target, wouldn’t these be cool in a print like that, or even a solid color with some ribbon or burlap detail?!  My mind is about to explode thinking about all of the extra rubbermaid tubs and plastic drawer dividers sitting unused up in my attic, because they weren’t “pretty enough” to put out.  Just wait till I get my hands on them now , Ha! Ha! Ha!  *Evil laugh.  What kind of of things would you turn into fabric bins?  I would love to hear your ideas!!!


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